Valderrobres

Regularly featuring among the most beautiful villages in Spain, Valderrobres is located in the foothills of the Ports de Tortosa-Beseia along the Matarranya River. The town’s name means “Valley of the Oaks”, due to the presence of deciduous oaks in the surrounding area (roure is Catalan for oak), although most of the surrounding forest is formed by Aleppo pines and black pines, along with evergreen holm oak.

Valderrobres is still completely??? surrounded by it’s medieval walls intersected by seven gates. The old centre is reached on foot across the enchanting late14th-century stone bridge over the Matarranya and through the Portal de San Roque. A maze of narrow cobbled streets take you up to the hilltop dominated by the Gothic C14-15th castle-palace, built more as a a feudal residence for the Archbishop of Zaragoza rather than as a defensive structure.

heyday between the 14th and 16th centuries thanks to the sale of oil and saffron.

An interesting accommodation option 10 minutes’ drive from Valderrobres is Mas de Buñol,. This rural hotel features an on-site vulture feeding station accessible only by tunnel, to not disturb the birds. No children permitted.